Dr. Bobby Jones has been a staple in the Gospel community for more than 30 years. Dubbed the Ambassador of Gospel, Dr. Jones has helped to launch the careers of many artists including Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, and Mary Mary.
“I’ve got a platform for young artists. I am the only one doing that. If I don’t do it, there’s nobody else to do it for them” he said.
Through his BET series, “Bobby Jones Gospel,” and other programs on the Gospel Music Channel and The Word Network, Bobby offers Gospel music artists a chance at national exposure.
Sister 2 Sister asked the veteran why he thinks no one else has stepped up to the plate. “The availability maybe wasn’t there, the support, and maybe the desire,” he said.
So who will Dr. Jones pass the torch on to when it’s time?
“I have thought about it for years. I was considering Donald Lawrence, but I don’t think Donald wanted to do it. At least not what I was doing,” he said.
Donald certainly does have an ear for music. He has had a successful career with The Tri-City Singers and as a solo artist. His talents stretch from being a vocal coach to R&B group En Vogue, to writing songs for The Clark Sisters, to producing hits for Kirk Franklin.
While the search continues, Jones said he is praying about the situation. “He’ll send him. It’s in the hand of the Lord. When it’s time.”
Find out 7 things you didn’t know about Bobby Jones in the November 2011 issue of Sister 2 Sister.